29 July 2009

Agenda for Amsterdam July 29 - August 2

This weekend is guaranteed a success, as no matter where you travel in het Centrum you will be certain to find a party in celebration of Amsterdam Gay Pride!  This event deserves much more than just one small mention in this post, first and foremost because it is fabulous and second because there are literally hundreds of events going on that I couldn't possibly list them all here. Even if you don't want to be apart of the dancing or partying that Gay Pride has to offer there are lots of other events such as the open air film at the Nieuwmarkt or the Men's choir both on Thursday, plus there are over 15 galleries opening their doors with special exhibitions, and Artis is even getting in on the fun with a special showing of the zoo's gay couples.  

If Gay Pride doesn't tickle your fancy:), then check out the opening weekend of the traveling theater and music event the Parade at Martin Luther King Park.  With packed line-ups 'til the middle of August.  If you are still looking for stuff to do check out the previous post about what to do in Amsterdam zonder agenda (without an agenda).

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Entire long weekend

Amsterdam Gay Pride @ various locations, everyday 'til Sunday, various prices and times, check out official agenda.

The opening party begins Thursday at the Homomonument at 18.00 – 01.00 with bands, speeches, and djs. Some street parties begin Thursday all over the City; but the majority of them really kick off on Friday from 18.00 on @ Reguliersdwarsstraat, Zeedijk, and Utrechtsestraat. Friday at the Homomonument is the “Drag Queen Olympics” at 19.00. And Saturday is the wonderful, the fabulous, the famous Gay Pride boat parade (the route).

Lots of things to do, and after looking over the agendas I could not possibly list everything here!:)  Instead I recommend that you take to the streets and enjoy Gay Pride! And check out the official agenda for more detailed info.

Rainbow tour: animals do it too @ Artis, everyday during Gay Pride, 13.00 – 14.30, unknown price.

A special tour displaying homosexuality, transgender, and sexual changes in the animal kingdom.

Why go? Check out Amsterdam's the famous gay penguin couple

De Parade @ Martin Luther Park, July 31 – August 16th, everyday 15.00 – 01.00 ('til 02.00 on Fridays and Saturdays) , €7/ticket, kids under 12 FREE.

De Parade is a two month mobile theater and music festival that tours the Netherlands stopping in the four largest cities in the Randstad. A huge, packed line-up of events, check out daily program.

Why go? Certain to find a little something for everyone, especially during these lazy days of summer when lots of other doors are closed!- the Parade is open!

Down Under film and activities @ Filmtheather, Prinsengracht 452, various times, prices and activities until August 16, special events for kids.

Australian and New Zealand films (events every weekend, but films through the week). This week: Wednesday is the last showing of “Shine” (an Academy and Golden Globe winner for best male lead actor in 2008) at 19.00, Thursday – the following Wednesday the showing of the Aussie film “Ten Canoes” (winner of Cannes Jury Prize). Also on Saturday learn the Melbourne Shuffle dance through demonstration and workshops at 19.00 and then enjoy the film.

Sunday for kids starting at 11.45 is a Kiwi Kangaroo Kinder(kids)quiz, test your knowledge about Australia and New Zealand and have a chance to be crowned the kangaroo queen. Following the quiz is the film “De reddertjes in Kangoeroeland” (only Dutch audio). At 15.00 on Sunday is Autismevriendelijke voorstelling (Autism friendly showing) of the film.

Why go? soak up a little Aussie history through film.

Comedy Train International Summer Festival @ Toomler (near the Hilton) Wednesday- Saturday. €12.50- €16.00, 20.30, all shows in English.

Two North American comedians Sean Collins and Jamie Kilstein, perform in two separate sets, each lasting 45 minutes in total.

Why go? get your dose of comedy on a rainy night

Just during the weekend

Kwakoe @ Bijlmerpark, Zuid-Oost (metro stop Arena, then a short walk to the park), FREE, continues every weekend until the end of August, not specific activities for kids although a very colorful, musical, delicious place to visit. See previous post for more details.

Why go? This is a must do & you have a few weekends to figure out how to fit this festival, but really it should only take a sunny day to convince you to drop everything and head to Zuid-Oost and enjoy the chicken.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater (Open Air Theater), Friday - Sunday, various times see previous post for details, FREE, stuff for kids.

This weekend stand-up comedy, classic and world music, something for everyone. Always a kids show on Saturday.

Why go? every weekend until September enjoy different shows, theater, music, etc...

Raw Rhythm Festival @ Westergasfabriek, Westerpark, Friday – Sunday, day pass €39.50, weekend pass €70.

A festival of a packed line-up of djs, artists, awesome raw sounds, including the “Jeugd van Tegenwoordig”. With a special edition of MTV's “Pimp My Ride”/bike during the festival.

Why go? Catch some interesting sounds at this multiple venue festival


The Loo & Bobby Kingsize @ Winston Kingdom, Wednesday, 21.00 - 03.00, €5.

Every Wednesday a different band, different theme, this week: Unadulterated raw rock 'n' roll (think AC/DC, G 'n' G & Cult).

Why go? Something unexpected for a Wednesday


CD and Record Market @ Nieuwmarkt, Thursday and Friday, 9.00 – 18.00.

Why go? Pick up some new tunes

Mannenkoor Manoeuvre @ Singelkerk, Thursday, 21.00, FREE.

Mens choir singing nontraditional choral tunes from Madonna, Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Kylie Minoque, etc...

Why go? Something a bit different from the usual lovely and boisterous street party festivities of Gay Pride.

Pink Ladies on Stage @ OBA, 19:30-21:30, Thursday, €7.50, Dutch/English language mixed.

A rich cultural program for Lesbian Pride with a percussion group, tango, bands/singing groups, poetry, photo exhibition, live interviews, documentary films, “Lesbo-Encyclopedie: Quiz”.

Why go? celebrate Lesbian Pride

Openair film: “Breakfast on Pluto” @ Nieuwmarkt, Thursday, 21.30, FREE.

Part of Amsterdam Gay Pride, first some music then the film.

Why go? Catch a film in between your street partying

Hortus Festival / chamber music @ Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Park, Watergraafsmeer, every Thursday evening from July 17 - August 27th, 19.30, €20.

A different program of chamber music for every week in the historic Huize Frankendael. This week an Eastern night with guest from Tbilisi, Georgia.

Why go? enjoy the gardens and a trip just outside the Ringdijk.


Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday 18.30 – 22.00, entrée to museum, but free with Museumkaart.

Gay Pride special discussion given by Dr. Jaap Kooijman (professor of Media and Culture at Universiteit van Amsterdam) about the present queer theory of Amsterdam Gay Pride.

DJ DaanModern, resident DJ of Pacific Parc spins a mix of steamy soul, nostalgia, extoicism and jazz, starting at 18.30.

Mat Sweet, from the Britsih group Boduf Songs, plays his first cd live tonight- minimalistic, psychedelic, folk to neo-folk tunes. Starts at 20.00.

Why go? why not enjoy some live music will checking out Van Gogh's work.

Den Tex @ Blijburg, Friday, 20.00, FREE.

Enjoy the warm sounds of Den Tex, and bring your dancing shoes for a night at Blijburg.

Why go? Check out the architectural wonderland of IJburg on your way to the beach

Friday Night Skate: special Gay Pride edition @ begins at Vondelpark near Filmmuseum, 20.30, FREE but have to have your own skates/rollerblades.

Nearly weekly group skating event, with new routes every time.

Why go? do something go for your heart and fun!

Outdoor screening silent film: “The General” @ Filmmuseum, Friday, 21.30, €3.

Part of the Filmmuseum's weekly (every Friday evening) outdoor film screenings – Sunsets. Joseph Frank 'Buster' Keaton's 1927 film with Dutch titling. The General is a silent film comedy which takes place during the American Civil War. The scenario is based on the book 'The Great Locomotive Chase' by William Pittenger. The Filmmuseum has a restored copy with a new musical score from the Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi (Hana-bi, Spirited Away).

Why go? enjoy some silent humor


ZOOmeravond /summer night @ Artis (the zoo), various programs, 18.30 - 22.00, price of zoo, every Saturday until September, stuff for kids.

A broad program with a little bit for everyone- 2 music stages, theater, a kinderboederij (petting zoo) and other creative activities for kids!

Why go? Check out the flamingos and enjoy some tunes.

Buitenbios /Outside theater@ Het Ketelhuis/Westerpark, every Saturday 'til August 22nd, starts when it is dark around 22.00, FREE.

A free open air presentation in the Westerpark. This Saturday Belgian/French film “Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert”. NO English subtitles. Next Saturday playing the film “Juno”.

Why go? good excuse to stay out late in the park


Appelsap @ Oosterpark, Sunday, 12.00 – 22.00, FREE.

A hip-hop music festival. “To put it short, Appelsap is a party. But not just a party... Most famous because of the unique vibe and high quality of resident dj's such as SP, Edzon & Lil'Vic, in the last 8 years Appelsap evolved into being one of the best (according to the annual 'GoudenGreep-awards' THE best) Dutch hiphop-events.” - appelsap.net Including acts: Pharoahe Monch (US), Theophilus London (US), Zwart Licht & Boyz in the Hood (Hef, Crooks, Adonis);
Dj’s: Benji-B (UK), Lefto (BE), SP, Edzon, Lil’Vic, Danny de Funk & FS Green.

Why go? check out new hip-hop acts and enjoy some Surinamese food

Trunk sale/Kofferbakkenverkoop, Blijburg, IJburg, Sunday, 12 - 16, FREE.

Why go? Enjoy a sunny day at Blijburg beach and pick up some kitsch goods/knit-knacks for the living room table.

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